La última semana de noviembre siempre es especial para la Escuela Politécnica Superior de la Universidad de Alicante debido a la celebración de los Actos de Graduación de los egresados de la EPS. Este año también lo va a ser por otro motivo.
Por primera vez se va a organizar en España el “Juniper Networks Academic Bootcamp” del 21 al 25 de noviembre de 2016.
Hasta el momento, este evento se ha realizado en las siguientes Universidades Europeas: Dublin City University, Birmingham City University, Staffordshire University, Hogeschool Utrecht y Groupe Ecole Superieure D’Ingenieurs (ESIEE) Paris. Para este año está prevista su realización en las instalaciones de la UA.
Durante el “Juniper Networks Academic Bootcamp” se impartirá el curso JNCIA-JUNOS por parte de instructores certificados de Juniper Networks.
El curso consta de 2 partes:
- IJOS - Introduction to Juniper Operating System
- JIR - Juniper Intermediate Routing
El coste oficial de cada parte del curso es de 1200€, pero será gratuito para estudiantes matriculados en la EPS (plazas limitadas).
Durante las sesiones prácticas habrá asistencia técnica de Juniper Networks y también una sesión con empresas del sector donde se realizarán charlas y habrá posibilidad de realizar networking con los asistentes y las empresas desde el punto de vista profesional.
Tras el curso JNCIA-JUNOS, los estudiantes podrán presentarse al examen de certificación oficial JNCIA-JUNOS en la propia Universidad de Alicante. El coste de este examen oficial es de 100€, pero también será gratuito para los estudiantes de la EPS.
La duración total del evento son 4 días: 3 días para el curso y las actividades más un cuarto día en el que se realizará el examen de certificación.
Por último, la Universidad de Alicante concederá 3 créditos oficiales en titulaciones de grado y titulaciones en extinción a los estudiantes que superen el curso.
Designed for networking, engineering and computer science students with intermediate knowledge of networking, content from Juniper’s Introduction to the Junos Operating System (IJOS) and Junos Routing Essentials (JRE) courses will be delivered which will provide students with an understanding of the Junos operating system, networking fundamentals and basic routing and switching techniques. The final day of the event will provide students with the opportunity to take the JNCIA-JUNOS certification.
Even though Juniper Networks Education Services does not normally provide certification pass rates, we are delighted to advise that the pass rate for last events was in excess of 55 percent. This is a remarkable achievement for a student audience without the advantage of on-the-job experience. This is a testament to the quality of training and lab experience that students received which enabled such a high volume of students to pass an exam which is challenging to experienced industry professionals.
The event will also be visited by Juniper partners who will help bridging the gap between industry and academia and will provide students with valuable insight into both industry trends and skills sought by prospective employers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with Juniper partners who will host a Q&A session. These partner visits, as part of the overall Juniper Academic Bootcamp format, have proven both valuable and extremely popular with both students and partners. In previous events, these visits have resulted in partners recruiting students they have met directly as a result of the event.
In addition to providing students with valuable Junos technical skills, the Juniper Academic Bootcamps also provide a growing pipeline of Juniper skills entering the market which can be leveraged by both Juniper partners and customers.
“Spain needs good technicians. Technicians who not only understand the theory, but can also put this into practice. By offering this extracurricular program the University of Alicante wants to make our students become acquainted with the working field to reduce the gap with the labor market. The developments in the IT world are fast and as a university we have to be able to respond to hat,” said Carolina Pascual, IT professor and Postgraduates studies vicedean at Polytechnic School of University of Alicante.
Rick Mur, senior systems engineer at Juniper Networks said: “Juniper Networks is passionate about stimulating the technical IT labour market. A Juniper academic bootcamp helps students acquire relevant industry skills and gain a greater understanding of the networking challenges they will face in the real world. Juniper provides students with the same training provided to customers/partners which ensures that students receive the same real-world hands-on experience. The JNCIA-JUNOS certification also provides students with a valuable differentiator in a competitive employment landscape. Juniper is fully supportive of initiatives to inject an increase of Juniper skills into the market to help meet industry demand.”
Students from Universities that formerly hosted this event had the following to say:
“The JNCIA-JUNOS was a really useful course in order to get basic knowledge of the Junos products and its functions. Also I got familiar with the basics of the command line interface (CLI). The Q&A sessions gave me insight into the way companies make use of Juniper products. The course itself was very well structured and organized. This event was very enjoyable.”
“The JNCIA-JUNOS course gave me great insight to Juniper´s way of working. There was a good variation between the theoretical and practical lessons. The people from Juniper were very friendly and clearly spoken. If they come to Hogeschool Utrecht next year, I will definitely sign up!”
In summary, Polytechnic School of University of Alicante and Juniper Networks are delighted with hosting such a successful event and according to the high rate of already prebooked seats expects overwhelming positive response from students. Juniper Networks looks forward to growing its academic alliance initiatives and growing a pipeline of much needed Juniper skills entering the market.
Ingeniero de Telecomunicación Unidad de Laboratorios EPS